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Airbnb wins stay against Miami anti-vacation rental home rules

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Vacation rental home marketing giant Airbnb and five of its Miami hosts have won a preliminary victory in Miami that temporarily blocks that city’s ban on such operations in residential neighborhoods. In a suit that Airbnb and five vacation rental homeowners filed last week, Circuit Judge Beatrice Butchko issued a temporary restraining order late Wednesday enjoining the city from enforcing its ban on short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods. Miami’s city commission had approved a resolution in March that essentially interpreted…

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Former Largo mayor scratched from ballot over missing signature

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In a messy turn of events, former Mayor Bob Jackson has been disqualified from the Largo city election because one of his candidate forms, a loyalty oath, was not signed. Friday afternoon, City Clerk Diane Bruner e-mailed a letter to the Supervisor of Elections Office asking the mayor’s race to be pulled from the ballot. Jackson was challenging incumbent Mayor Pat Gerard, who defeated him in the 2006 election. For now, Gerard is automatically re-elected as the only qualified candidate,…

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Gulfport leaders raise $ for Jamie Bennett

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Read the atrocious newsletter from the Jamie Bennett Campaign and noticed that, not only was Gulfport Mayor Mike Yakes supporting Bennett, but it looks like Gulfport City Commission members Michelle King and Sam Henderson are raising money for Bennett’s campaign: Oh, and if you don’t think there’s a difference between what I do and what others try to do, look no further than the difference between these two newsletters; one is sharp, professional, well-written: The second newsletter is, well, it’s…

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St. Pete Beach hands over City Commission to hotel interests without a single vote cast

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From Sheila Mullane Estrada: ST. PETE BEACH — The city’s political wars over development ended Wednesday without a single vote cast. The apparent winner is the political action group, Save Our Little Village (SOLV), which supports tourist-oriented development of hotels and related businesses on the beach. All five members of the new City Commission that will assume or continue in office in March are either ardent or tacit supporters of SOLV’s goals. Two commission seats, currently held by supporters of…

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Leslie Waters to kick off campaign on Jan. 15

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Former state representative Leslie Waters is launching her campaign for the Seminole City Commission next week with a fundraiser at Ambrosia next Thursday, January 15, 2009, beginning at 5:30 PM. Ambrosia is located at 10333 Seminole Blvd, Suite #1 in Seminole between Park Blvd and Ulmerton, one block north of Bryan Dairy/102 Street. You can see her invitation by clicking here. I ran into the “Wave” last night at The Land of Misfit Toys, errr, at a party closing down…

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